SPX Pulls: Mini Comic Roundup 2 / by Alex Jarvis

I just did a quick count, and I picked up more mini comics than I did full sized books. It's not surprising, as it's a format I truly enjoy. Still, the amount I have in front of me makes me think that I should be writing more reviews and less about how much I dig these comics. Though, in the end, aren't I doing that anyway? The Surviving the World guide to creeping people out / guide to college by Dante Shepherd

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"Wait a minute," the astute reader says. "Is this Surviving the World, where the guy takes a picture in front of a blackboard with something funny written on it? Isn't this supposed to be about comic books?" Well, let's see. I believe the common definition of "comic" (for this blog, anyway) asks only for Words and Pictures. Well, check and check. Moving on...

Dante Sheperd channels some hilarious and occasionally poigniant observations in both of these books. Beyond the chalkboard, Dante is an active character in his own panels, changing it up between staring menacingly at the reader, or sympathetically at his own work. These are two hilarious volumes that I am happy to own. Check out more at his site.

As an added bonus, he graded my creepy stare and my creepy smile at A-/A+ respectively. Ladies...

Stay away from other people by Lisa Hanawalt

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Here's a personal note: when I break a fever, I immediately lose whatever tenuous grip I had on reality and hallucinate. Next time I am sick, it is the duty of those I love to keep me far away from this book. Until then, however, I'll keep it nearby. I love the surreal trip taken in Stay away, which acts as a sketch book for Hanawalt's ideas. Animals dressed in hipsterish casual wear appear on pages about strange things to think about in traffic, or the ideal week. It's non sequitur after non sequitur, but it is more than worth the purchase. It's hard for me to put her work into words; please check out her website to see what I am talking about.

As an aside, I also bought something from Lisa that ended up being one of my favorite con purchases. Namely, the Krang-Pug.

The ABC's of irrational fears by Jason Struz

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This is a simple little book: illustrated phobias between a gorgeously stamped cover. If I had to guess, it was drawn using charcoal, and the character design is kept very simple to emphasize the point. I feel weird saying this, but I expected it to be much more grim than it turned out, but that is largely a matter of taste. Jason Strutz worked with Firetower Studios, and I'll be reviewing his illustrations for The Order of Dagonet later in the week.

Another favorite take home from the con came from Strutz's table, the magnificient combination of one of my favorite heroes and one of my personal heroes. I present: Benjamin Flashkin.